Have a flowing 15-minute Japanese conversation in just 30 days

(without fear of awkward silences, making mistakes, or running out of things to say)

If you’re an independent language learner wanting to reach conversational fluency in Japanese, you already know that you need to practice speaking. A lot!

You also know that no amount of formal textbook study, reading, or Duolingo will get you ready to have real conversations.

After all, we get better at what we practice, so we can’t improve our speaking skills without actually speaking…

But getting enough Japanese speaking practice isn’t easy!

Knowing you need to practice speaking and actually getting the practice are two very different things!

Most Japanese language learners face three primary challenges. Can you nod “yes” to most of these?

  • Speaking can be really scary!
  • Finding native speakers to practice with can be tough!
  • Staying consistent and motivated without accountability can be a real challenge.

This is precisely why I designed the Japanese Conversation Accelerator (JCA), a 30-day training course and challenge that will give you the courage, strategies, language, consistency, and accountability you need to start having flowing conversations in just 1 month.

Hi, I’m John Fotheringham, a linguist, teacher, and the author of Master Japanese.

Like many Japanese learners, I really struggled with the language when I started out. But I eventually learned that textbooks and formal study simply don’t work for most learners.

I instead figured out how to teach myself Japanese using fun, effective, modern methods, and have now helped thousands of independent learners do the same.

Build confidence, master the basics, and transform your speaking skills

The Japanese Conversation Accelerator will:


Significantly increase your courage to speak so you can communicate with locals, deepen friendships, and engage with Japanese culture.

Having flowing conversations is more about confidence than language ability. You don’t need a lot of words to have basic conversations; you just need the confidence to use whichever words you already know and the creativity to talk around those you don’t.

Help you master high-frequency words that account for the vast majority of conversations so you can more easily travel or live in Japan.

The most common 100 words in Japanese account for nearly HALF of the language used by the average speaker each day. Master these (plus a handful of additional specific terms to describe your unique life, interests, work, etc.) and you will be able to have basic yet meaningful conversations.


Teach you conversation connectors & verbal fillers to buy time so you can have smoother interactions with friends, family, or coworkers.

In the inevitable cases you aren’t sure what word to use or are still parsing what someone just said, you can use powerful set phrases and fillers to keep the conversation alive, buy yourself time, and put both of you at ease.

Help you find the right online Japanese tutor so you are excited to practice and put in the time each week.

Finding a good tutor can be a bit like finding Mr. or Mrs. Right. You have to go through quite a few folks until you find a good match. As part of the Accelerator, you will work with at least five tutors, one of which you’ll likely click with and can continue working with each week after the challenge.

Starting to speak a new language is as much about your subjective attitude as about your raw language skills. In the Japanese Conversation Accelerator, John makes sure you have the mindset to get started, equips you with super-useful phrases that you can use at once, and gives you a cast iron framework to make sure that your first conversations actually happen. My month on the Accelerator got me using my very limited Japanese for the first time. It was hugely rewarding to connect with people in the language and to realise “Hey, this stuff really works!” Highly recommended for beginners or late-to-the party intermediate speakers.

Dr. Gareth Popkins

How to Get Fluent

What’s Included in the Japanese Conversation Accelerator? 

The Japanese Conversation Accelerator is a 30-day course and speaking challenge. You will receive:

4 x weekly mini-challenges

Jumping right into a 15-minute conversation with a native speaker can be overwhelming, so I am going to gradually build up your confidence through four mini-challenges over the course of the Japanese Conversation Accelerator.

I will coach you through selecting the right tutors, mastering your self-introduction so you can hit the ground running, and learning the high-frequency words, phrases, and conversation connectors you need to start and sustain conversations.

Daily emails with tips and support

You will receive a short training email each day of the challenge with tips, support, and expert guidance. You will learn ① the core principles of success in effective language learning, ② the psychology secrets you need to beat your fears and overcome perfectionism, ③ how to hack your habits and make consistent daily practice no matter how busy you are, ④ how to master your memory and make new words stick, and ⑤ how to make Japanese sentences flow automatically.

4 x Learning Guides

Each week you will receive a beautiful, concise summary of the week’s mini-challenge, step-by-step instructions, and links to recommended tools and resources.


4 x Japanese Speaking Cheat Sheets

You will receive useful cheat sheets with essential, high-frequency words, phrases, questions, and verbal fillers to keep your Japanese conversations going.

Join the Japanese Conversation Accelerator

You get all of this for just $67 USD. Yup, less than a cup of coffee each day of the challenge.

Registration for the Japanese Conversation Accelerator has now closed.

John is really helpful! He infused my Japanese learning journey with lots of energy and gave me a sense of direction.

Josiane Roulez

Montreal, Canada

What People Asked Before Signing Up for the Japanese Conversation Accelerator

How much time will this take each day? I’m already busy.

Don’t worry; it’s not going to take a giant chunk out of your day. Having said that, finding sufficient time is usually a matter of prioritization. How important is it to you to actually speak Japanese? The people who are signing up to do the Japanese Conversation Accelerator are READY to make real, tangible progress. Obviously, the more time you spend practicing Japanese each day, the faster you will improve. But I’ve designed the mini-challenges to give you quick wins with minimal hours a week. Can you find at least 30 minutes a day to devote to this?

Couldn’t I just work with tutors directly, if that’s what you’re saying really matters?

It’s true, you could. But you won’t be successful just by knowing what to do. It’s actually doing it that matters. This is where my guidance, accountability, and the structure of the 30-day challenge comes in: you’ll bridge that gap between knowledge and action and start finally making noticeable progress.

If I were to venture a guess, I’d say you already know WHAT you need to do, but that actually doing itand doing it consistentlyis where you’re having some trouble. That’s where the Japanese Conversation Accelerator comes in: it’s an implementation tool designed to “get you moving and keep you moving,” as it were, and starting to meet with a variety of tutors, get the most out of your time and money, and enjoy your conversations more.

What Japanese level is this for? If I am just a beginner, don’t I need to learn more before I start speaking?

The Japanese Conversation Accelerator is designed for any Japanese learner, whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been learning Japanese for years. Even if you are an absolute beginner, you CAN start speaking. I’ll show you how to modify your approach depending on your current level. The goal is keeping your practice just hard enough that you’re getting stretched a bit outside your comfort zone but still giving you some quick wins.

So is this a course that is going to teach me Japanese? If I am just a beginner, don’t I need to learn more before I start speaking?

Rather than a course that teaches you about Japanese (which is a bit like learning to play soccer by reading a textbook), this is an implementation program designed to get you actually “out on the field” and learning by doing. This approach is far more effective than studying grammar in a book, and it’s a heck of a lot more rewarding.

I already have so many Japanese resources and courses. Why should I sign up for this one too?

In today’s world, most of us are already swimming in books, apps, and audio programs. These resources are usually great at helping you get better at reading, writing, and listening. But with the Japanese Conversation Accelerator, you’re just focusing on arguably the most important (AND most often neglected and procrastinated!) aspect of language learning: improving your speaking through regular conversations with native speaker tutors.

I’ve tried the tutoring thing before, and it wasn’t a great experience. It was embarrassing, frustrating, awkward, and I didn’t really click with the tutor.

Finding the right tutor is a little bit like dating―you’re unlikely to find Mr. or Ms. Right the first time around. It takes a few tries with different tutors until you find one you’re going to really click with. That’s why I specifically designed the Japanese Conversation Accelerator so that you’ll know how to choose good candidates to try and then testing the waters with multiple tutors so that you will hopefully walk away with at least one you want to keep meeting with.

I’ll also give you tips for how to communicate your Japanese goals, level, and preferred learning style to your tutor so they can tailor their approach to fit you and keep the conversation squarely in your “Goldilocks zone”not too hard, not too easy, but juuuuuuust right.

Can you remind me what I get as part of the Japanese Conversation Accelerator?

Here’s a reminder of everything you’re getting when you sign up today:

  • 30 x daily training emails with tips and support
  • 4 x weekly mini-challenges
  • 4 x Learning Guides
  • 4 x Japanese Speaking Cheat Sheets

If you are ready to transform your Japanese speaking, now is the time to take action. Join the Japanese Conversation Accelerator today and begin your journey to a flowing 15-minute conversation in just on month.

I am so excited to see you start supercharging your Japanese fluency!

Registration for the Japanese Conversation Accelerator has now closed.

I now work in the sales department of a Japanese company. The only reason why I got the job was because they were very impressed by my Japanese level for someone who recently started learning the language. It’s all thanks to John’s tip about taking tutoring lessons. I have been taking iTalki lessons 4 times a week and that has really helped me a lot. Thank you for your great work and kindness.


Oakland, California

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